For my first challenge(s), I chose Holistic Magic: A Witch’s Apothecary, as well as Scrub-a-dub, Magick in the Tub. These are two aspects of magic that I’ve been drawn to my entire life, long before I knew anything about Magick.
My Apothecary is growing day by day, much thanks to the potted garden I began early this year. Gardening helps me to feel grounded and useful. It didn’t (doesn’t) come naturally just yet, so I have to do a lot of research in order to keep my precious plants alive! I also love to talk to them and tell them how beautifully they’re growing, or brace them for repotting, ask them how they’re doing, etc. (my 6yo daughter thinks I’m crazy already!)
A few pics of us planting chamomile and more lavender this week:
I harvested some of my plants to make cleansing sage/Rosemary/lavender/rose/cinnamon sticks for my sisters. I found this to be an incredibly calming and joyful practice for me.
Then I used my herbs to make a magical tea for my hubby!
My niece and nephew have terrible eczema, so I decided to try my hand at a Magical Healing Balm.
Vitamin e oil
Frankincense essential oil
Lavender essential oil
Old fashioned oats ground to powder
Virgin Coconut oil
A few drops of my Rosemary infused olive oil.
Here are a few pictures of my scattered little apothecary! I cannot wait to have an altar/cabinet to house all of these when we have our new home.
Rosemary is SOOO beautiful to me but I’ve never known WHY or realized just how versatile it is. I knew it was delicious and i used it whenever I could when cooking, but had no idea it could help with liver detoxification or aid in memory. I had no idea that it could be used for purification (I can’t wait to use it to sprinkle moon water!) or protection (I plan to make a Rosemary salt to place around my home).
Okay, now for my second challenge.
I do ritual baths on the regular. I see now that I’ve always done this, though I didn’t know what to call them. Every day, when I get a little “me time”, (usually during the little one’s nap), I draw a bath to decompress.
This week when I was feeling particularly low, I needed something quick and easy to help me relax.
I followed Spells8’s Spirit Delight bath with Salt and Lavender oil. I repeated 5-8 times “I cleanse myself of my vanity, I cleanse myself of discontent, I release my body of my ego, I fill myself with self respect.” Saying and meditating on this chant was a powerful aid in turning my day around. Watching the water drain my worries away was beautiful.
Now here is the bath I am currently soaking in, just for a little self love.
Lavender oil, Epsom salts, bubble bath, Rosemary, lavender (I like lavender a lot, too, in case that wasn’t obvious), rose petals, and sunflower!
Since finally hopping into this forum, I have practiced more than ever. Everyone has been such an inspiration and support that I find myself WANTING to practice my Craft at every given moment. Life is Magickal!!